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Eating Animals Audiobook

Eating Animals

Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.
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Publisher's Summary

Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency.

His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.

Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, memoir, and his own detective work, Eating Animals explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits - from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth - and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting. Marked by Foer's profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, widely loved, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we've told - and the stories we now need to tell.

©2009 Jonathan Safran Foer; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"The everyday horrors of factory farming are evoked so vividly, and the case against the people who run the system presented so convincingly, that anyone who, after reading Foer's book, continues to consume the industry's products must be without a heart, or impervious to reason, or both." (J. M. Coetzee)

"A work of moral philosophy...After reading this book, it's hard to disagree [with Foer]." (San Francisco Chronicle)

"For a hot young writer to train his sights on a subject as unpalatable as meat production and consumption takes raw nerve. What makes Eating Animals so unusual is vegetarian Foer's empathy for human meat eaters, his willingness to let both factory farmers and food reform activists speak for themselves, and his talent for using humor to sweeten a sour argument." (O, The Oprah Magazine)

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    Nila BRONXVILLE, NY, United States 01-19-13
    Nila BRONXVILLE, NY, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Too slow a narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    J.T.Ross has a good voice, but his narration was too slow and it made the book boring. I listen to three books per week, but I could not finish this one due to the slow narration.


    What could Jonathan Safran Foer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have a narrator that reads at an acceptable speed.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Same as above.


    What character would you cut from Eating Animals?

    Not applicable


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Roberta Rochester, NY, United States 12-09-12
    Roberta Rochester, NY, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Information everyone should know"
    If you could sum up Eating Animals in three words, what would they be?

    Very Important Information


    What did you like best about this story?

    The presentation was based very-well written, base on facts, read without emotion, and very persuasive.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Todd Ross – was your favorite?

    All were excellent. The voice of the author was my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Make your own decision after hearing the facts.

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    Ricardo Lantana, FL, United States 09-19-12
    Ricardo Lantana, FL, United States 09-19-12
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    "definitely educational and relevant"

    very important information to consider, the subject matter will make you question your ethics for a range of topics and force you to face the fact that one needs to be informed in order to make their decision.

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    Tiffany Capistrano Beach, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Tiffany Capistrano Beach, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Turned me into a veggie!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would like everyone I know and more to read/listen to this book. It has opened my eyes to horrible world of factory farming. Although I already new a lot about the horrors I never had the "balls" to stop eating meat. After listening to this book I was kicked into gear! Not only are their moral reasons to stop eating meat, but their are health, societal, and environmental reasons.


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    Sam 07-10-12
    Sam 07-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a Youth Services Librarian at a public library and I love my job. I am also a runner and I love listening to great books while staying healthy. That's Elsie in the picture...she is my favorite running partner and typically perks her ears up during the tense portions of the books :)

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    "Can't Ignore the Facts"
    Where does Eating Animals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first non-fiction book that I have listened to, and I thought the reader was average. He made strange pauses and there was too much wait time inbetween chapters.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Todd Ross’s performance?

    Average.
    Somewhat lacking.


    Any additional comments?

    The book itself is amazing overall with the amount of facts that it holds. Foer makes some philosophical leaps that I can't hang with, but on the whole this is a book that you can't ignore and forces you to look at your moral code and decisions on a daily basis.

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    Justin Sandy Hook, CT, United States 04-29-12
    Justin Sandy Hook, CT, United States 04-29-12
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    "Turned me vegetarian"

    This book is powerful, beautifully narrated, and actually ended up starting me on a longer string of research about what it really means to be vegetarian in the 21st century. Foer has always been among my favorite authors (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close had me in tears in the first few chapters) and he made the switch from novelist to journalist extremely well. This is an important book if you want to learn more about where your meals are actually coming from. Read this book.

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    jacquelyn Florida 02-05-12
    jacquelyn Florida 02-05-12 Member Since 2015

    Artist, Yogi, lover of strange books

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    "If you eat food, you MUST read this book"

    It is time for human beings to take responsibility for the things they put in their bodies. No more can we continue to buy these products and say "Well, I didn't know." the information is out there, we are all adults and have a responsibly to educate ourselves. By continuing to support these practices we are condoning it and are there for responsible. Eating animals is a good place to start because it is a very balanced picture of what is wrong with our farming system. There are parts that are hard to hear for sure. But we owe it to our fellow creatures on this earth to treat them with fairness. We owe it to ourselves to know what we are putting in our mouths and feeding to our children. Every adult on this earth should read this book. Seriously.

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    Kathryn 12-05-11
    Kathryn 12-05-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Great... if you don't mind being nauseous!"

    I became a pescetarian in 2007 due environmental, animal, and health reasons. I thought I knew about all the terrible things they do to animals, but I was so wrong. For example, I knew that people threw live male chicks into dumpsters to die, but in this book I learned that they actually grind them up live in addition to putting them in the dumpsters.
    I had to stop listening to this book a few times because it made me sick and eventually stopped listening to it because I was afraid of vomiting on my way to work. Yeah, it's gross, but I think everyone should know what they're eating.
    And by the way, I have stopped buying commercial eggs.

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    TZVI SZAJNBRUM 11-28-11 Member Since 2007
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    "This book changed my life!"

    I began listening to this audiobook with trepidation, thinking it was going to be a yuppie rant against eating meat. But to my surprise it was an intelligent humorous view on the "meat industry" and also the cultural connections we have with eating. I admit I walked around nauseas from listening to descriptions of factory farming and since then I haven't been able to eat meat or fish. I began to actually think about what I was eating and how it got onto my plate.
    I have read this author's other work and liked them well enough. Being Jewish I could relate to his references to his grandmother, family and food. I laughed out loud in several places.
    This book is not for the faint hearted but it will open your eyes to the reality of factory farming and what we put into our bodies.

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    Gabriel Medford, MA, United States 06-30-11
    Gabriel Medford, MA, United States 06-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book with some nutritional misinformation"

    This book provides an incredibly enlightening moral analysis of eating meat and really does do a good non-biased job at it.

    Unfortunately, some of the nutritional assumptions are just plain wrong.

    What you get out of it: eat meat from local/sustainable/moral sources, not factory farms.

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